Cover of: Angela's Ashes | Frank McCourt

About the Book

"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. in the 1930s and 40s. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy -- exasperating, irresponsible and beguiling -- does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father's tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies. Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors -- yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness. - Jacket flap.

First Sentence

My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married and where I was born.

Edition Notes

"Now a major motion picture" - cover.
"A Touchstone book."
"Winner of the Pulitzer Prize" - cover.

Copyright Date 1996

The Physical Object

Format Paperback
Pagination 363 p.
Number of pages 368
Dimensions 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
Weight 14.9 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library OL7723020M
Internet Archive angelasashes00fran
ISBN 10 068487217X
ISBN 13 9780684872179
OCLC/WorldCat 42890543
Library Thing 5115
Goodreads 347884

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